Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
DISPATCH TO BE SENT.
Date February 26, 1918.
Prepared by CS. Approved Code No
<4446.> Your 3251. owing to limited boat capacity of U. S. S. SEATTLE I strongly recommend that she do not enter the submarine danger zone.In case she were torpedoed there would undoubtedly be a great loss of life. The members of the commission would in my opinion, be much safer on board one of the transports than on board a man-of-war.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.